In this reflection for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Colin MacIver tells us that we should focus on what it is that God tells us to focus on–the commandments and the things that we’re given to do as Catholics. If we follow those and we seek to understand them in our hearts, then we’ll be growing more and more, and following the law (or the rules of our house) become easier and make more sense.
We have rules for a reason. For example, washing your hands during a pandemic is a good rule with a good reason. What Jesus is saying in the Gospel is that if we only focus on the human rules, we miss out on what God has in store for us. Focusing on what God wants, and what we’ve learned from the Church helps us to see all of the rules in life in the right way, with the right perspective.
Aimee and Colin MacIver
Contributors to Enkindle: Family Scripture Reflections
AIMEE AND COLIN MACIVER are co-authors of Power and Grace, Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School, The Parent and Sponsor Guides for Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation, and Belonging: Baptism in the Family of God. They also co-wrote Quick Catholic Lessons with Fr. Mike. Both are graduates of the Franciscan University of Steubenville and teach at St. Scholastica Academy. They live in Covington, Louisiana with their two children, Leo and Zelie.